The NHL and Adidas made some history today, revealing new alternate jerseys for every team in the league. They’re called Reverse Retro and while the theme takes on a number of forms, there are some true gems in the lot. Now, where you’re talking about “retro,” the response from your audience is going to vary greatly depending on how old a particular audience member is. So I’m gonna rank all 31 jerseys and I will admit that as a child of the 1980s, I have a certain era that I look fondly upon and a certain era that I turn up my nose at (let’s just say the Dead Puck Era looked bad in all forms).
So let’s get to the rankings and spare no feelings along the way.
1. Colorado: This is the jersey we all wanted to see; the return of the Nordiques logo. With Colorado colors, it’s outstanding, right down to the Fleur-de-Lis border at the bottom and on the shoulders.
2. Los Angeles: Combining the Wayne Gretzky-era “Chevrolet” logo with the Forum Blue and Gold color scheme was an awesome choice. This is going to be tremendously popular both in and outside the hockey world.
3. New Jersey: Perhaps the perfect definition of “Reverse Retro,” the Devils get a flipped version of their classic 1980s sweaters. That Pine Barrens green looks so, so sharp.
4. Montreal: For a team that has done a lot of variations lately, the Habs still knock it out of the park with this blue number, which evokes teams that based their jerseys on Montreal, such as WHL Spokane or the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.
5. Carolina: Yesss, the Whale is back! We’ve seen Carolina go Hartford retro before, so this isn’t a shocker, but sometimes you just gotta give the people what they want.
6. Minnesota: It would have been fun to see the Wild go full North Stars, but bringing back the color scheme is still pretty good. Also, the jersey numbers on this look fantastic.
7. Columbus: Maybe I’m on an island here, but I really like the Blue Jackets’ look. The red is bold and it’s a first for the franchise as a main color. Makes the cribbage board logo really pop.
8. Arizona: The Coyotes have gone all-in on zany lately and hey, why not? It’s been working. The purple looks great and I fully enjoy that they refer to this mascot as the ‘Peyote Coyote.’
9. St. Louis: I didn’t like the original version of this jersey, but the Reverse Retro one really works for me. Flipping the script is exactly what this line of sweaters is about, after all.
10. Winnipeg: Bringing in a cool new understated color scheme gives the Jets a different vibe here than a lot of other teams, but that’s a plus in my book. Winnipeg zigs when most others zagged.
11. Toronto: I was worried the Leafs were going to go Full Harold Ballard Era, so it was a relief that the designers put a twist on the 1980s base they worked off here.
12. Chicago: Yeah, it’s both retro-cool and problematic – what’s new? This was the only logo not shown in the NHL’s official video (they showed the back instead) and that has to be an omen.
13. Pittsburgh: The Penguins have done so many looks due to outdoor games, but this one is nice, shouting out an old team font to create something unique.
14. NY Rangers: You don’t want to mess with the Rangers’ uniforms too much, so going back to Lady Liberty was a good, safe choice for the Blueshirts.
15. Washington: I’m really feeling this, though I’m not sure if I’m in the minority. Rocking the Red with a Peter Bondra eagle on the front? Yes, I’m in.
16. Buffalo: The color scheme is excellent, I’m just not 100 percent sold on the swords logo. Just a little too sparse for my tastes – it’s a shoulder logo and always should be.
17. Ottawa: Not too controversial, but still a twist on the Senators’ history. Adidas were like doctors on this one – the first rule is to do no harm.
18. Tampa Bay: This is one of those retro jerseys where I feel not enough time has passed to be effective. The team’s original font still looks too cartoonish – maybe wait another 10 years?
19. Edmonton: Other than going with the Todd McFarlane oil drop logo, Edmonton is kinda painted into a corner with their design choices. You can only do so much, but this one’s fine.
20. Boston: The Bruins are another team with the Outdoor Jersey Fatigue problem, as we’ve already seen so many variants in recent years. This one is fine, but I don’t know how many they’ll sell.
21. San Jose: The bar for Sharks jerseys is obscenely high, as San Jose has consistently rocked winners throughout the franchise’s history. This one is a little underwhelming.
22. Nashville: Shoulda made the skull logo the main logo – that would have been tight. Instead, we get a variation that is non-threatening but doesn’t really stand out.
23. Florida: As a jersey, this one is perfectly serviceable, but it’s hard to truly distinguish it from its forebearers. Again, this is a team that didn’t have a lot of options.
24. NY Islanders: Um, isn’t this just a regular Islanders jersey?
25. Philadelphia: The Flyers have a great logo and cool, unique colors, so they have a pretty good base to work off. But the arms on these are super-weird.
26. Vegas: Because the Golden Knights just entered the league recently, it’s hard to be inspired by a new look already. The red is OK, the shoulder logo should have stayed on the shoulder.
27. Anaheim: One of the most notorious jerseys in NHL history gets a reboot. Imagine Ryan Getzlaf pulling this over his shoulder pads in an actual game.
28. Vancouver: The gradient is unique, that is true. But it also doesn’t look good. Or to be more specific, it still doesn’t look good, even if these colors are better than the original.
29. Calgary: Personal preference, but I don’t like the horse. The flaming ‘C’ is incredible and I don’t think the Flames should have black in their uniform.
30. Dallas: The Stars’ original Dallas logo was never that great – the team’s uniforms now are much better. I like the new neon look more – at least it’s bold.
31. Detroit: It’s almost like they forgot about this until yesterday. Nothing could be done with the old Falcons or Cougars looks?
Canada suspends activities at world junior camp after 2 players contract COVID-19 – CBC.ca
Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that two players at its national junior selection camp have tested positive for COVID-19.
The organization said in a news release that the players, who were not named, are in quarantine at the team’s hotel in Red Deer, Alta.
Hockey Canada said it is suspending all camp activities for the day, including a scheduled intrasquad game.
Players and team personnel will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test before camp activities resume.
Hockey Canada said provincial and local health authorities have been notified of the positive tests.
Fantasy: Waiver Wire – Week 12 – theScore
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Every Monday during the season, theScore’s Justin Boone runs down the recommended waiver wire pickups.
Rostered percentages are based on Yahoo leagues. Free Agent Budget (FAB) amounts are set off a $100 salary cap. Only players rostered in less than 60% of leagues are considered.
Taysom Hill, Saints
We were excited about Jameis Winston‘s fantasy potential in New Orleans’ offense, but Sean Payton named Hill the starter. Hill went on to finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback Sunday, rewarding his coach’s faith and giving fantasy managers a new weekly starter at QB.
Hill passed for 233 yards while adding 51 yards and two scores on the ground against a Falcons defense that’s given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Tougher matchups are on the way, but Hill’s rushing ability will keep him in the QB1 conversation for as long as he’s starting. Based on the latest reports on Drew Brees‘ health, this could be Hill’s job for several weeks.
Derek Carr, Raiders
As we just mentioned, the Falcons are the easiest matchup for fantasy quarterbacks. This week’s beneficiary is Carr.
The Raiders passer is coming off a strong showing against the Chiefs, throwing for 275 yards and recording his seventh multi-touchdown game this season.
Carr should have no problem racking up stats in what’s projected to be the highest-scoring game of Week 12.
Streamer options: Daniel Jones at CIN (28% rostered), Andy Dalton vs. WAS (9% rostered), Baker Mayfield at JAX (31% rostered), Kirk Cousins vs. CAR (42% rostered), Philip Rivers vs. TEN (26% rostered), Alex Smith at DAL (10% rostered)
Injured streamer options (if healthy): Teddy Bridgewater at MIN (39% rostered), Gardner Minshew vs. CLE (13% rostered)
Gus Edwards, Ravens
That leaves Edwards as the last man standing in what was once a three-man committee. Dobbins took a commanding lead in playing time (41 snaps) and production (85 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown) in Week 11, but he’ll now be forced to sit out while Edwards handles the bulk of the work.
Edwards has shown he can perform, whether down the stretch in 2018 or even more recently when he carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards and a score against this same Steelers defense back in Week 8.
Pittsburgh’s ability to stop the run has been greatly diminished by the loss of linebacker Devin Bush, so treat Edwards as an RB2 in what’s likely to be a one-week stint as the frontman in the Ravens’ backfield.
James White, Patriots
However, with Burkhead suffering a torn ACL on Sunday, White was thrust back into a significant role. He led the backfield in snaps while totaling a season-high 83 yards from scrimmage and six catches.
Damien Harris remains the Patriots’ lead back, but White has returned to fantasy relevance as an RB3/flex option moving forward.
J.K. Dobbins, Zack Moss, Salvon Ahmed, Jamaal Williams, Latavius Murray, Wayne Gallman, and Phillip Lindsay are around the 60% rostered mark and should be rostered in almost all leagues.
High-upside backups Alexander Mattison (33% rostered), Boston Scott (29% rostered), Carlos Hyde (46% rostered), and Brian Hill (7% rostered) should be rostered in most leagues.
Flex options: Frank Gore vs. MIA (10% rostered), Adrian Peterson vs. HOU (54% rostered), Kerryon Johnson vs. HOU (16% rostered), Tony Pollard vs. WAS (19% rostered)
Risky flex options: Cam Akers vs. SF (31% rostered), Malcolm Brown vs. SF (28% rostered), Justice Hill at PIT (0% rostered), Jordan Wilkins vs. TEN (10% rostered), Devontae Booker at ATL (10% rostered), Ty Johnson vs. MIA (0% rostered)
Other backups to roster: Sony Michel vs. ARI (25% rostered), Benny Snell Jr. vs. BAL (5% rostered), Joshua Kelley at BUF (28% rostered), D’Onta Foreman at IND (0% rostered), Jeremy McNichols at IND (1% rostered), Samaje Perine vs. NYG (1% rostered), Devine Ozigbo vs. CLE (1% rostered)
Injury stashes: Tevin Coleman at LAR (18% rostered), Rashaad Penny at PHI (4% rostered)
Deeper stashes: Anthony McFarland Jr. vs. BAL (1% rostered), Darrel Williams at TB (2% rostered), Jordan Howard vs. SEA (17% rostered), Royce Freeman vs. NO (1% rostered)
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
Get ready to see some familiar names in the receiver section because it’s filled with players we recommended last week.
Pittman has clearly asserted himself as the Colts’ top receiving option. In addition to posting stat lines of 4-56-0, 7-101-0, and 3-66-1 over his last three games, the rookie led the receiving corps in snaps by a wide margin this past week.
If he’s still available in your league, Pittman is a WR3 with WR2 upside for the rest of the season.
Tim Patrick, Broncos
Patrick is about to set a record for most consecutive appearances in my waiver wire column, yet he somehow still remains available in 79% of leagues.
Let’s once again remind everyone about Patrick’s weekly production since Courtland Sutton went down. Here are Patrick’s stat lines over the last seven games:
Patrick is now a top-30 receiver in fantasy points per game since Week 3, and he’s just patiently waiting for you to realize his value. Unless you’re stacked at wideout, go and give this guy a home on your roster as a WR3/flex.
Deebo Samuel, Jakobi Meyers, Sterling Shepard, Corey Davis, Curtis Samuel, and Cole Beasley are around the 60% rostered mark and should be rostered in almost all leagues.
Flex options: Allen Lazard vs CHI (42% rostered), Jalen Reagor vs. SEA (28% rostered), Breshad Perriman vs. MIA (11% rostered), Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. CHI (31% rostered), Denzel Mims vs. MIA (5% rostered), Emmanuel Sanders at DEN (49% rostered), Nelson Agholor at ATL (20% rostered)
Risky flex options: Sammy Watkins at TB (41% rostered), Keelan Cole vs. CLE (28% rostered), K.J. Hamler vs. NO (6% rostered), Josh Reynolds vs. SF (12% rostered), Damiere Byrd vs. ARI (2% rostered), Darnell Mooney at GB (8% rostered), Keke Coutee at DET (0% rostered), Rashard Higgins at JAX (12% rostered), Henry Ruggs, at ATL (31% rostered), Russell Gage vs. LV (7% rostered)
Dart-throw flex options: Marvin Hall vs. HOU (2% rostered), Khadarel Hodge at JAX (0% rostered), Gabriel Davis vs. LAC (1% rostered), Hunter Renfrow at ATL (19% rostered), Anthony Miller at GB (18% rostered), Michael Gallup vs. WAS (44% rostered), Zach Pascal vs. TEN (7% rostered), Jakeem Grant at NYJ (9% rostered), Steven Sims Jr. at DAL (2% rostered), Demarcus Robinson at TB (2% rostered), N’Keal Harry vs. ARI (8% rostered), Tre’Quan Smith at DEN (12% rostered), David Moore at PHI (5% rostered), Willie Snead at PIT (4% rostered), Chris Conley vs. CLE (1% rostered)
Injury stashes: Laviska Shenault vs. CLE (17% rostered), Julian Edelman vs. ARI (28% rostered)
Deep bench stashes: Auden Tate vs. NYG (1% rostered), Cam Sims at DAL (1% rostered), Jalen Guyton at BUF (1% rostered), Dez Bryant at PIT (9% rostered)
Robert Tonyan, Packers
Tonyan is coming off a five-catch, 44-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Colts.
Though his target share is likely to be more volatile now that the Packers’ receiving corps is back to full health, he has a favorable matchup with the Bears.
Chicago’s defense has been strong this year, but it’s giving up the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends, making Tonyan a solid streamer in Week 12.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
Schultz‘s numbers dipped to unplayable fantasy levels after Dak Prescott was lost for the season. Fortunately, he’s had a resurgence in the last few weeks with stat lines of 6-53-0, 4-48-0, and 4-25-1.
Washington is the eighth-best matchup for fantasy tight ends, so Schultz can be played with confidence as a streamer this week.
Austin Hooper, Logan Thomas, and Mike Gesicki are around the 60% rostered mark and should be rostered in almost all leagues.
Streamer options: Jordan Reed at LAR (15% rostered), Jordan Kins at DET (2% rostered), Jimmy Graham at GB (38% rostered), Irv Smith Jr. vs. CAR (8% rostered), Trey Burton at TEN (17% rostered)
Risky streamer options: Jacob Hollister at PHI (0% rostered), Will Dissly at PHI (1% rostered), Chris Herndon vs. MIA (13% rostered), Tyler Eifert vs. CLE (5% rostered)
Week 12 streamers
Favorable fantasy playoff schedules: Seahawks DEF (28% rostered), Browns DEF (59% rostered), Cowboys DEF (13% rostered), 49ers DEF (38% rostered)
Hockey Canada statement on National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp – Hockey Canada
RED DEER, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams, on Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp.
“Hockey Canada confirmed earlier today that two players at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp have tested positive for COVID-19, and have been placed in quarantine at the team hotel in Red Deer.
Upon learning of the positive test this morning, the decision was made to postpone the Red-White game scheduled for this morning at the Westerner Park Centrium, and to suspend all camp activities for today. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members took mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at camp and have continued to be tested regularly throughout the past ten days. For precautionary reasons, we will also ensure that all players and team personnel go through an additional test before resuming camp activities. The appropriate local and provincial health authorities have been made aware of the situation, and we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Canada suspends activities at world junior camp after 2 players contract COVID-19 – CBC.ca
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